Lime Essential Oil
Similar to other citrus fruits, limes grow on trees and are green in color as are the leaves.
- Botanical Family: Rutaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Fruit Rinds
- Method of Extraction: Cold-Pressed or Steam Distillation
- Variations: Cold-pressed Lime is phototoxic, while steam distilled Lime is not; Kaffir Lime and Key Lime are also variations of Lime.
- Chemistry: Lime is high in Monoterpenes (limonene, γ-terpinene, terpinolene)
- Circulatory: Helpful for varicose veins
- Respiratory: Used for respiratory inflammations, colds, and flu.
- Skin: Can be used to soothe skin inflammations or to bring life to dull skin
- Pregnancy: helps with varicose veins, colds, flu, and skin inflammations.
- Babies & Children: helps with skin support, respiratory ailments, and is uplifting, relieves anxiety, and clears the mind.
- Spiritual: Supports the Solar Plexus chakra associated with personal will, power, and mental ability.
- Scent Profile: Top note with a sweet, citrusy aroma that is fresh and invigorating
- Longevity: The aroma of Lime can last up to 4 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Citrus
- Blends well with: Angelica Root, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Carrot Seed, Citronella, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Geranium, Ginger, Honey, Jade Lemon, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavandin, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Monarda, Neroli, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Spearmint, Strawberry, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
- Distilled Lime is not phototoxic, however cold-pressed Lime is phototoxic. Avoid sun exposure or tanning beds for 12 hours.
- Lime is very high in monoterpenes and may cause skin irritation on sensitive skin.
Products Using Lime Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (Tgsc), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.